Preparing for Commencement

Commencement is an exciting time for our graduating students and their families. However, it is important that our students stay up to date on any requirements as well as assist their families as they prepare to join us for Commencement Weekend.

Additional final instructions will be posted for (and emailed to) our degree candidates in April.

Stay Up to Date

Sign up for text updates and parent emails (no spam!), or use Facebook and Twitter.


Are you eligible to participate in Commencement?

Tickets & Registration

The main Commencement Ceremony, as well as a few other events, require tickets. Find out about registration and requesting tickets.


Find out when you'll receive yours, and if you need to follow any special instructions ahead of time.

Student Speaker Competition

What would you like to say? Apply to be the student speaker at the main Commencement ceremony.


Learn more about regalia and how to get it.

Announcements & Gifts

All about graduation announcements, rings, diploma frames, and flowers.

Hotels & Local Dining

Making arrangements for parents, families and guests.

Request Disability Services

We'll need to know in advance what your family's needs are in order to provide for you as best we can.

Review the Weekend Guide

Everything students, families and their guests need to know about Commencement Weekend events, including schedules, attire, seating and accessibility, parking, maps and more.

  • Event Information:
    [[w|commencement, Commencement]]
  • Diploma Questions:
    [[w|wdurba, Wendy Urbano]], Office of the Registrar, 757-221-2807
  • Academic Regalia and Graduation Merchandise Questions:
    [[w|wmcloth, College Bookstore by Barnes & Noble]], 757-221-1669